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Did your hysterectomy get changed from a laparoscopic to abdominal?

There should be little, if any, change in the anesthesia plan if your surgery is converted from a laparoscopic to an abdominal hysterectomy. Both of these types of hysterectomy require general anesthesia with an endotracheal (breathing) tube along with muscle relaxation.

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What parts are removed during a hysterectomy? What is removed during different hysterectomies?

To understand better what organs will be removed during your hysterectomy, it helps to understand some basic surgery terminology first:

  • Hysterectomy: the removal of the uterus
  • Oophorectomy: the removal of the ovary
  • Salpingectomy: the removal of the fallopian tube
  • Bilateral: both

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How did you decide on the surgeon to perform your hysterectomy? Was it an easy choice? Hard?

If a hysterectomy is in your future, choosing a surgeon is one of the most important decisions you can make. Not all surgeons have the same skills and experience, so you want to find one who has what you need for your situation. Your choice of surgeon can also have an impact on the type of hysterectomy recommended and thus the length of your recovery.

Finding the right surgeon can be a daunting task, but you’ve started in the right place. Here at HysterSisters.com, we have several suggestions to help you find a surgeon for your upcoming hysterectomy.

Read more about Choosing a Hysterectomy Surgeon.

Did you keep your cervix for pelvic support?

There is a lot of controversy surrounding supracervical (or partial) hysterectomy versus complete (or total) hysterectomy. Prior to the 1950s, most hysterectomies were supracervical. The trend then changed to total hysterectomies. Today, retaining the cervix is once again in vogue. Yet, studies are mixed regarding whether or not there are benefits for keeping the cervix. Both physicians and women with strong opinions remain steadfast on each side of the topic.

Read more about Hysterectomy, Cervix, and Pelvic Organ Support

How did you handle your fear of being embarrassed during your vaginal hysterectomy?

What you are feeling is very normal and it is okay to ask and be concerned about your privacy and your fear of being embarrassed. Talk to your doctor about all your concerns. With today’s privacy laws, your surgeon cannot give your information to anyone without your signed permission. Your surgeon will want to alleviate your concerns.

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How did you know if you were making the choice to have a hysterectomy? Was it a hard decision?

A little worry is healthy when you are facing the decision to have a hysterectomy—it is definitely a serious decision. After all, a hysterectomy is a major surgery, and there is no way to predict exactly how your body will respond. HysterSisters report a variety of post-op outcomes—good, bad, and everything in between.

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Did your surgeon convert your hysterectomy to an open one?

Before choosing a minimally invasive hysterectomy, you and your surgeon probably sat down and talked over your options. No matter how comfortable you were with your decision, reading the consent form may have given you pause. You were asked to sign that your minimally invasive surgery may need to be converted to an open abdominal procedure. It was scary enough already, now you have more questions.

What are the chances your surgeon will need to convert? What would cause your surgeon to need to make changes mid-surgery? Is there anything you can do to prevent them? Your mind is in a whirl with all the possibilities.

Read more about What Would Cause My Surgeon to Convert My Hysterectomy?

Did you need a blood transfusion following your hysterectomy?

Once you’ve scheduled your hysterectomy, a lot of questions start going through your mind. You’re concerned about the surgery and recovery – after all, you want everything to go well. One of the concerns on your mind is about whether or not you’ll need a blood transfusion.

The good news is that the odds are in your favor. Most women do not need a blood transfusion when they have a hysterectomy. As a precaution, however, most surgeons have their patients’ blood typed and cross-matched just in case a transfusion is needed during or after surgery.

Read more about Blood Transfusions and Hysterectomy: What You Need to Know.